For the ninth year in a row, teens and adults who have survived sexual abuse will be gathering together for Break the Silence, a sexual abuse poetry night April 27. They are joined there by this year’s speaker, local artist Amy Elise.
Elise is a survivor of child sexual abuse and lives with Dissociative Identity Disorder, a condition that used to be called Multiple Personality Disorder. She has several personalities who live inside of her, many of whom are artists. She will be telling her story and sharing all of their artwork.
The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) awarded Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, the Benjamin Franklin Medal for Distinguished Achievement on behalf of higher education at its annual meeting in Hershey March 26.
The Benjamin Franklin Medal, named for one of the nation’s and Pennsylvania’s earliest and most recognized leaders, is reserved for individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution to the ongoing vitality and effectiveness of Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities.
Mike Metallia and his band Midnight Shift finally caught a show date at the Gas House Dance Hall March 30. Midnight Shift had been billed twice for Catasauqua’s dance club, but the weather put a crimp in the plans.
Robyn Shannon, one of the founders of the Gas House, wanted this premier band to play in Catasauqua. Shannon, who is leaving for her new abode in Yorkshire Dales in the UK April 20, had a promise to keep to her rockabilly fans.
“I wanted to be sure that everyone had a chance to hear this group,” she said.
Hanover Township received bids on two projects at its April 4 meeting.
The much-talked-about improvement at the Sherwood Park softball field garnered only one bid. Grace Industries was awarded the project with a bid of $28,566.60. Township Engineer Albert Kortze said the bid was better than expected. The township is now ready to move forward with improvements at Sherwood Park. New tennis courts were completed last year.
In March, Hanover Township selected Christopher Garges as its new manager. Garges sat down with The Press to chat about his vision for Hanover.
“This is a little different than what I was used to,” he said. “In Hanover, we have a strong business focus. Our residential population is around 2,000.”
Garges held a position as zoning officer with Lower Saucon Township, a community with 11,000 residents.
Catasauqua Borough Public Safety Committee meets 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
North Catasauqua Borough Council meets 7 p.m. in the borough building, 1066 Fourth St.
Catasauqua Borough Public Utilities Committee meets 6 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Public Works Committee meets 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Zoning Hearing Board meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
As a free service to the community, Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, will co-host a shredding event in Northampton to give residents of the 183rd Legislative District a chance to safeguard themselves against identity theft by having their personal documents securely destroyed.
The event, co-hosted with the Borough of Northampton, will be held 10 a.m.-noon April 14 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.
At its regular meeting April 2, Catasauqua Borough Council announced that Stephen Travers was selected as the new borough manager. The motion to offer the position to Travers passed by a vote of 4 to 3 with Councilmen Brian Bartholomew and Eugene Schlegel and Councilwoman Jessica Kroope opposed.
Schlegel explained his vote after the meeting.
“We are not opposed to him; we had more questions to ask,” he said. “There was no rush that this appointment had to be today.”